The Librarian of Auschwitz

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Written by Antonio Iturbe, Translated by Lilit Žekulin Thwaites

What a great look inside the Nazi Camp Auschwitz. Dita is put in a very special place, Block 31, where families can stay together. She is also given a special and unique job: Librarian of the school. It is also a deadly job, because if she is caught with books she can be put to death. Dita is to protect the books and get them to anyone who wants to read them. Then she must collect them and put them in there safe place for the night. She does this every day. The story is about the people in the camp. This book is historical but not biographical fiction; there was a 14 year old Librarian but her name is different than in the story.
The author tells you a few things at the end of the story.

It is just like the stories you hear about concentration camps with a very personal twist to it. I think everyone should read books like this so they know that there are worse things in life. We should all be grateful for our freedom and that we can read or write a book that we choose and not be afraid of being killed for having it. loved this book.

Review by Sharon Viall, Jefferson Jr. High
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: 7th grader to Adults

The Librarian of Auschwitz
Written by Antonio Iturbe
Godwin Books/Henry Holt and Company
423 pages
Release Date: October 10, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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